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Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 16:53

Lovely columbine Frit 

Verd - I think you just go to one of those posh estates and take photos.... Grass is looking nice and healthy too 

WWomble - that's a really unusual colour of Iris. Would look lovely with creams,soft yellow and some purply foliage. Subtle 

chicky - wisteria's looking terrific. You must be thrilled with it 

I still have loads of daffs in flower  My white dicentra is lovely just now though

 and the little Tiarella (I was meant to move ) is covered in blooms.


help man down man down

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 16:34

Oh dear - what a sad little plant  

He wants to be outdoors right enough. Bung him outside anton, even in a pot in a sheltered corner and when he's recovered, get him into the border where you want him. He'll be fine. Or she....

Re your query about buying bulbs and leaving them in the ground - it depends on the bulbs! Most will stay in the ground and come up every year. Alliums can be left in situ - well drained sunny spot for most of them. In late summer /early autumn the GCs, nurseries and diy outlets will get stock in of the popular bulbs - daffs, crocus etc. That's the best time to buy and plant them, and they stay in the ground too. Tulips are usually left till a bit later in the year to plant and many people treat them as annuals as they can be a bit trickier to keep going in the ground.

If there's a specific bulb you're interested in just let us know - you'll get plenty of help and advice  

Growing leaves

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 16:18

Alexsia - I've always grown Fatsia which has large, bold leaves for a dramatic look in flower arrangements. They last well too. I often use them just to bulk out the space in a vase but they also give a good contrast to the flower.

They get big but you can prune them back. Shady spot that doesn't get too dry is ideal for them  


Posted: 16/05/2015 at 08:43

Flotterstone is where I start from Lesley - so I presume you mean the Inn there. It's nice - been in with ex partner now and again - but I'll be taking lunch with me.  I'll do the 3 hills that include Scald Law and maybe the 2 kips further on as well. It's  a decent walk.

Off now - got my woolly simmit on...

Peat free compost

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 08:37

Good to hear Andy. Must look out for that but don't think I've seen it in the local GC....among the vases, children's toys, necklaces, mirrors......

Glad you've got plenty of gardening done already 

Hosta - Jim on Beechgrove unashamedly uses compost with peat. He knows the peat free stuff is dire. Sad but true.

Flabbergasted....thought I would have a heart attack

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 08:34

The worst offenders are the parents taking their children to school. They'd drive their b****y weans into the classroom if they had the chance.

Glad I don't have to do school runs any more!  

primrose - that's what my Dad was like! He gave me a lift once when the children were young and one was going to a party - never again! 

Is my Japanese maple dying?

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 08:29

Exactly my thoughts Hosta. Always hard at this time of year with changeable weather, but when they're in pots, at least they can be moved to give them a bit of protection.


Posted: 16/05/2015 at 08:27

Morning all. Weather a bit iffy here so I will head for the pentlands (south of Edinburgh)  for a walk today. All you southern folk are grabbing the sun today 

Glad the knee is a bit better Hosta. Supervising is the right job today 

Panda - frankly, an OBE is what you deserve !  Enjoy the market KEF - don't bring home any little piggies...

Rob - do you mean your potting up from your bed....

Glad you had a good day out Liri. 

Take it easy today BL - easy to say I know. I'm sure the garden will be admired by everyone tomorrow 

Have a good day everyone - especially W'song having to work 

Will catch up with you all later 



Posted: 15/05/2015 at 20:20


Hope tomorrow brings some comfort to you.

chicky - wouldn't fancy trading places with Panda then...

Off to put my feet up for a little while before I go and get daughter from work, then an early night in case a miracle happens with the weather and  I can go for a big walk tomorrow 

Enjoy your evening everyone

My neighbours dont want me to use my land to grow a garden

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 19:19

I can vouch for Blackthorn as a wildlife hedge - it's nice and 'stabby'.....

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